Dr. Richard H. Moy
SPRINGFIELD - Dr. Richard H. Moy, 82, of Springfield, Illinois, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013, at St. John's Hospice.
Dr. Moy was born February 2, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Henry and Gladys Pope Moy. He married his high school sweetheart, Caryl Towsley, on August 21, 1954, in Naperville, Illinois.
Dr. Moy graduated from Naperville High School and continued his education at the University of Chicago, receiving his A.B. in 1953 and his B.S. with honors in 1954. In 1957, he completed his medical school training at the University of Chicago and served there as an intern in 1958. Dr. Moy was a Clinical Associate at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health from 1958-1960. There he was a pioneer in cancer research and part of a team that produced the first cure of a carcinoma with chemotherapy. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1963 and became Chief Resident. Dr. Moy continued at the University of Chicago as an Instructor, an Assistant Professor, and later Associate Professor through 1969. He then moved to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine where he was recruited as Founding Dean, Provost, and Professor of Medicine from 1970-1993. When he was named Dean, he was the youngest serving medical school dean. Dr. Moy retired in 1993 and was named Dean Emeritus at Southern Illinois University. When he retired, he was the longest serving dean.
Dr. Moy had many awards and achievements, including Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Recognition Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Distinguished Service Award from the University of Chicago and the Gold Medallion from the American Lung Association. Governor Jim Edgar declared September 20, 1993, as "Richard H. Moy, M.D., Day." In addition to those accolades, Dr. Moy has an Endowed Lectureship in Medical Education and the SIU clinical building is named in his honor.
Dr. Moy's knowledge and leadership skills were often recognized as he contributed numerous writings to medical journals throughout the country. He served as a delegate on a People to People Medical Education trip to Africa in 1982. In 2006, he was named a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy, the highest honor given by the State of Illinois. In 2012, Dr. Moy received the Trailblazer Award presented by the Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Outside of his many professional commitments to education and medicine, Dr. Moy enjoyed reading, Civil War history, muskie fishing, and playing and listening to classical music. He was a great storyteller. He was also a member and ordained elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his sisters, Joan Smith and Pamela Scavarda.
He is survived by his two sons, Philip (Laurie) Moy of New Glarus, Wisconsin and Eric (Jennifer) Moy of Indianapolis, Indiana; and two grandchildren, Benjamin Henry and Lyndsay Lillian Moy.
Private family graveside ceremonies will precede a memorial service, which will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut, Springfield at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, with Rev. Julie Wells Blythe officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard H. Moy Endowment, SIU Foundation at the School of Medicine, Code 9666, 927 N. Rutledge, Springfield, IL 62704; Westminster Presbyterian Church, Music Fund, 533 S. Walnut, Springfield, IL 62704; and the Caryl Towsley Moy, Ph.D., Fund for Collaborative Research of the University of Illinois Foundation, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza, PAC 591, Springfield, IL 62703.
The family of Dr. Richard H. Moy is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
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